FOOTBALL HOLDS FIRST SCRIMMAGE & BEE A HORNET ON SATURDAY
Just past the midway point of fall training camp, the Sacramento State football team will compete in its first scrimmage of the season on Sat., Aug. 18. The scrimmage will take place inside Hornet Stadium with the team taking the field at 9:30 a.m. and action getting under way at approximately 10 a.m.
The scrimmage will put the team through a variety of situations ranging from the offense being backed up near its end zone to red zone execution on the other end of the field.
BRING THE FAMILY
Following the scrimmage, Sacramento State will host its third annual Bee a Hornet event. The free event is open to children 13 and under and will take place on the stadium turf. Children will have the opportunity to run through drills with Hornet players as well as get autographs from and take pictures with members of the team.
KNOCKING THEM DOWN
Not all of training camp is spent on the field or with the players' heads buried in the playbook. This past Sunday, the team received a reprieve with its second annual trip to Country Club Lanes for a bowling tournament.
The top honor went to redshirt freshman wide receiver Shane Harrison who tallied an impressive 188.
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Several other former Hornets are playing in the professional ranks this summer. Zack Nash (Arizona Cardinals), Chase Deadder (Tennessee Titans) and McLeod Bethel-Thompson (Minnesota Vikings) are trying to join veteran Lonie Paxton (Denver Broncos) in the NFL. Nash has been slowed by an ankle injury suffered during the first week of camp. Deadder made his debut against Seattle while Bethel-Thompson quarterbacked the Vikings' final two series at San Francisco.
North of the border RIcky Ray and Jason Barnes have moved from Edmonton to Toronto. Through six games, the Argonauts are 3-3. Ray, who is in 10th CFL season, ranks fourth in the league with 1,757 passing yards. Through his career, he has now thrown for 42,286 yards and 218 touchdowns. Also in the CFL is defensive back Brandon Smith who is in his fifth season with the Calgary Stampeders. Smith has tallied 23 tackles in 2012 and also has an interception.
Former quarterback Aaron Garcia just wrapped up his 17th season in the Arena League. Garcia played for the San Antonio Talons, his seventh team, had threw for 2,037 yards and 47 touchdowns. Garcia holds the AFL record with 52,056 yards and 1,125 touchdowns.